Wednesday, November 09, 2016
The problem is, we will not find salvation in our government. We will not find it in our states. We will not find it in the judicial system. We will not find it in our police, our hospitals and doctors, or our schools. We will only find salvation when we search for God. And we will only find change when we invite true change into our own hearts through a relationship with the Living God.
The poor will only get fed when, we, the people in their community care as much about them as we do ourselves. The homeless will only find homes when hearts towards them are changed in their immediate surroundings and the people whom they live among step up to provide not only for their physical needs but for their mental and spiritual as well. The LEGAL immigrant will only find a new home, when we welcome them in as fellow image bearer's of the Creator, and strive to treat them as guests who deserve a chance and not burdens and outsiders. The overburdened medical system and cost of healthcare will only begin to find balance when we find spiritual balance and stop feeding our empty hearts with empty calories and quick fix drugs, and instead care for the temple we've been given to live in, our own bodies. And the not yet educated and lower income families will only find adequate education and affordable housing and food when we start helping them to find grace and peace in an educational and labor system that is run by people who's calling and mission is to take these people under their wing and nurture them to a better life out of pure love and devotion to the One who created them.
And where will these people who care as much about other's as themselves come from? Where can you find someone who will extend grace in the classroom and the workplace to someone who is not at as much of an advantage as others? Where will we find people who do not reach for comfort and relief from food and drugs but instead are content and healthy both spiritually and physically? Where will we find these people who are not afraid to welcome a "foreigner" into their midst but instead will spread out the welcome mat as if they are special guests?
You will only find this in people who imitate the love and mercy and grace that was demonstrated for us in the person of Jesus Christ. If there was any person who made an impact during a time when the system was "broken" it was Him. And did He come to run for office, or change the laws? To create more programs for the poor and needy, and legislate the solutions? No, He came and He served. He showed us how to fix the problem, by serving our fellow man and not seeking anything for personal gain.
And we will only find the strength and desire to serve our fellow man and live selfless lives as He did, if we invite him into our lives and give Him full reign.
So the reason I think Trump won? Once again we know the system isn't working and we need change. But the change we really need we will not find in the White House or on Capitol Hill. We will only find it in our hearts through the One who will wash us white as snow, and set up reign as the governor of our hearts! The change you are looking for America, can only be found IN you. And the person you need to choose to bring that change is your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Tuesday, November 08, 2016
It is not condemnation.
You'll also notice that Jesus did not tell people to go and do whatever felt right. He did not tell them to do what feels good. He did not tell them "follow your heart." He did not tell them that you are free to sin and be selfish and live life on your own terms. These things are not love.
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
I very very simply define it as a gift from God, that we did not earn but we receive freely.
It is my daughter's middle name. It is what I have declared as the banner over my life. God's grace is evident in every thing I can think of that is me, or Him in me.
I am reading selected sermons of Jonathan Edwards. He says in what I am reading tonight...
"1. Of the grace of God. It was of mere grace that God gave us his only begotten Son. The grace is great in proportion to the dignity and excellency of what is given: the gift was infinitely precious, because it was a person infinitely worthy, a person of infinite glory; and also because it was a person infinitely near and dear to God."Grace can be measured in proportion to the value of what is given. There can be nothing of greater value to God, than the person of Jesus Christ, who is himself incarnate. That is a gift that is infinitely precious, infinitely worthy, infinite in glory. This One of infinite worth was freely given as a gift to us.
"The grace is great in proportion to the benefit we have given us in him: the benefit is doubly infinite, in that in him we have deliverance from an infinite, eternal misery; and do also receive eternal joy and glory."Grace can be measured in proportion to the benefit we receive from the gift. Can you think of a benefit greater than deliverance from infinite eternal misery, to eternal life and joy in his glory and presence!? I can think of no greater benefit that exists on the earth or in the heavens. It can be called the great exchange: to exchange eternal misery for eternal joy, to exchange eternal condemnation for the presence of eternal glory, to exchange eternal darkness for eternal light. The exchange is immense in it's benefit to us.
"The grace in great according to the manner of giving, or in proportion to the humiliation and expense of the method and means by which way is made for our having the gift. He gave him to us dwelling amongst us; he gave him to us incarnate, or in our nature; he gave him to us in our nature, in the like infirmities in which we have it in our fallen state... He gave him to us in a low and afflicted state; and not only so, but he gave him to us slain, that he might be a feast for our souls."
Grace can be measured in the manner of giving. If a gift arrives wrapped up in beautiful boxes and bows, covered in glitter and decked in jewels, does it make the gift of more value? Yet, how much more astonishing that this gift of infinite value, and infinite benefit to us, is packed in humility and wrapped in suffering. The most powerful, most omnipotent, most glorious being in the universe wrapped himself in humanity, laid down his power and left his place of glory and walked among us. The giver of grace became the gift of grace in the form of himself. And the gift arrives with no obligation attached. All we must do is receive it.
God was under no obligation to give the gift. In fact he could have rejected us completely. We have done absolutely nothing to deserve it. Yet it is given to us freely. Given before we even asked for it or when there was nothing in us worthy of its gifting. (Ephesians 2:8, Romans 5:8)
How could one ever exhaust the wonder of this grace? If you are able to truly comprehend the value of Him who was given for us, the benefit that we receive in the gift, and the manner of his giving, how could you ever turn your gaze from his beauty or tire in seeking to worship and give glory to His name?
And last but not least, once the grace has been poured out on you, how could one not tell others of the gift of his wondrous grace? It is what I will do with ever fiber of my being until he chooses to finally bestow the gift of his infinite grace upon me in its fullest form. I need nothing else. I long for no other thing. Until the day I stand before him face to face, I will never tire of telling of his magnificent grace!
(Thanks to my new activity on Twitter, I am inspired to take up writing on my blog again. I can not for the life of me say what I want to say in 140 stinking characters! LOL)
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
I searched for a dish like this online, but couldn't find anything exactly like it. So I'm just gonna name mine Chicken Egg stew. It comes with the chicken and the egg, although it is also yummy with sausage weiners which is originally the way Kiko makes it. I'm also calling it chicken eggs cause my precious Daddy used to call eggs "chicken eggs". I never realized until much later in life how funny this term is for eggs. Nobody specifies that they are chicken eggs when talking about them, but shouldn't we!? There ARE all kinds of eggs out there! My Dad was a riot! Miss him so much.
Anyhooo, this was our dinner tonight. Are you beginning to wonder if the only thing I cook is stewed type stuff with lots of chopped up veggies??? I have a lot more up my sleeve, but the cold season is coming to an end and I LOVE these types of stews and it is the best way to get lots of veggies in my kids, so I have been cooking this way a lot lately. I hope to add some more variety into sharing what I cook with you soon. Especially more Japanese stuff!
First you will need...
2 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 Tbsp cooking oil
3 cups celery, chopped
2 onions, diced
2 carrots, diced
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Parsley
dash of Cayenne pepper (I would add much more if we weren't feeding little ones, so add more if you like spice!)
1/4 tsp Cardamom
1/2 tsp Coriander
salt and pepper to taste
2 cubes buillion
2 cans diced tomatoes
Begin chopping the veggies. I started with my onion...
Then I remembered I forgot to put the rice on to cook. This is a tragedy if you realize it too late! So I paused to wash rice...
rinse and repeat, just like shampoo and conditioner!
Pop it in your handy dandy automatic cooker thingy
Push the button and do a little jig to the fun little tune it plays for you
and go back to chopping your veggies!
Next up, carrots! Same as you may have seen before, we want to dice them up and this is how I do it...
Make several slices along the length of the carrot
Roll it to the side and repeat again.
You'll get a grid like cut like this...
Lay her down there, and chop away!
Repeat all the way up the stem and try to run off the little munchkin that always shows up to steal when carrots are being chopped. Today she tells me, "Mommy, I'm a wabbit!" So cute!
now begin chopping the celery while trying to prevent too many carrot pieces from being stolen!
Distract the thief with your stealth tactics! Show her how pretty the base of a stalk of celery looks!
"Ohhhh Mommy, it looks like a rose!" Continue to distract by discussing how awesome God made the things around us.
Employ the thief, who now becomes your new assitant to chop some more veggies!
She's gonna be a professional chef one day! I just know it!
Chop up some garlic! (Facebook won't give me pictures of garlic from my past album at the moment, so now you know I cheat and don't take pictures of the same thing every time, LOL!)
Now giggle with your assitant as she continues to practice her newfound skill of lighting the stove and JUMPING every time the flame shoots out! I LOVE how far back she stands when she is doing this, LOL!
Ask your assitant to pour some oil in the pan and then turn your back for just a second to put something in the sink, then turn back around to "Mommy is this enough?" with six gallons of oil in the pan! Figure out later how to put some of that oil back in the bottle! LOL. Switch to another frying pan and borrow a little of the 6 gallons from the other pan. Then stash the other pan somewhere so it won't show up in all your pictures!
Heat garlic on low heat in the frying pan until it begins to sizzle.
Realize at this moment you didn't get pictures of the chicken being cut into bite size pieces cause you were too busy making sure no little fingers got cut off in the process. So add your chicken that was cut up earlier into the oil and brown it on the outside!
This beautiful collection of goodness should be waiting nearby.
Dump it all in and stir fry till veggies are tender.
Give a little darling a cup of milk! Marvel at how adorable he is! Don't marvel too long and forget about the 6 year old with fire behind you!
Once veggies are tender pour in the two cans of diced tomato. I always fill one can about 1/3 full with water, transfer the water back and forth between the cans to get all the good tomatoey yummines off the sides of the cans, and dump that on in the stew as well.
At this point add the two cubes of boullion and all the spices.
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/2 tsp Parsley
dash of Cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp Cardamom
1/2 tsp Coriander
salt and pepper to taste
If you like even more heat, I wouldn't hesitate to add some red pepper flakes or more cayenne and Paprika. Pepper is YUMMY in this too, so don't be shy with the pepper if your family can take the heat.
Have your trusty assitant take a few shots, like one after the spices were added while waiting for it to come to a boil.
and one of you covering it with a lid and turning down the flame for this to simmer for about 10~15 minutes.
Stir occassionaly and then after about 10 minutes taste and adjust the flavor if needed.
Now, with the back of a ladel, press into the stew and create a little bowl for a chicken egg to rest.
crack one chicken egg and slide that little feller into the spot you created for him.
Do the same with an egg for each member being served. Master Kiko had SEVEN eggs in her stew the night we were at her house!
cover that with a lid to cook. I set my timer for 5 minutes cause we like our eggs on the runny side. If you like a firm egg yolk, I'd go with 8 minutes or even more.
Now arrange some rice on plate like this. Create sort of an ant hill type of shape here so the stew and egg can be served in the middle and won't run off!
When the eggs are done, carefully ladel out some stew and the egg into each rice hill!
Mine don't look so pretty, I tried really hard to make it look all professional and the harder I tried the more it seemed to fall apart!
I placed each plate on the table as I finished it, and I turned around to see Kai already in his seat and digging in before I'd served everyone and called them to the table! He LOVES this stuff!
There you have it, Chicken egg stew